If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love posting photos of my cats. Not just because they’re my babies and I’m their proud mama, but because they’re the purrfect (har har) balance of adorable and hilarious. So without further ado, here are my top 5 reasons why you need a cat in your life.
- They’re low maintenance. This was the main reason why we got cats instead of dogs – we knew we couldn’t commit to walking the dog multiple times a day, rain, snow or shine. As long as the cat has some toys, food, water, and a clean litter box, they’ll keep themselves entertained while you’re at work.
- They’re full of personality. For example, Shelly is the sassy one who does what she wants, when she wants, and takes crap from no one. She once slapped my husband with her paws for running over her tail with his office chair! Cooper on the other hand, is a people pleaser (once he gets to know you). He’ll roll around begging for attention and follow you everywhere. If you close the door on him, he’ll sit outside and cry until you let him in.
- They’re really affectionate. I don’t know where cats got the bad rep for being aloof and selfish, because they’re anything but that. Yes, they’re independent, but it doesn’t mean they love their humans less. Both my cats will greet me at the door when I come home, they’ll hang around in the room I’m in (or in Shelly’s case, right on my lap!), and they snuggle up to you at night. Makes getting out of bed extremely difficult, but it’s worth it.
- They’re hilarious. You think the cat videos on Youtube are funny…wait until you get your own cat! My husband and I have definitely shared countless good laughs thanks to our 2 cats (the most recent one being Cooper running into a box while chasing the laser pointer – he was fine, but the box, not so much).
- They’re good for your health. Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, reduced stress level, and lower risk of strokes are just a few of the health benefits of owning a cat. So now you don’t need to feel so guilty when you don’t work out ;)
Yes, I’m ridiculously biased when it comes to cats, but I also say these things from experience. Before Shelly and Cooper, my dream pet was a dog (more specifically, a Golden Retriever). But today, I wouldn’t trade my cats for anything in the world. I know a lot of people feel the same way about dogs that I did before, but unless you can commit the next 10+ years of your life to taking care of it, neither you nor the dog will be happy. The last thing you’d want to do is give the dog up – there are already enough shelter animals already, please don’t let yours become another one.
There are millions of cats in shelters today that are looking for a loving family to take them in. I still remember the day we adopted Cooper – he was in a cage in Petco, hiding under his bed and looking absolutely miserable. He was given up by his owner as a kitten (along with his mama), and spent the first year of his life in foster care and in cages at pet stores, waiting for someone to give him a forever home. Though he was painfully shy at first (he hid under the sofa for 2 months), I could understand why. How could he trust humans when he was abandoned by one at a young age? He eventually warmed up to us and became the most affectionate kitty ever, and it’s a happy ending for us both, but there are still millions of cats out there waiting for their happy ending.
Seriously, if you’re thinking about getting a pet that’s not a goldfish, please don’t just default to dogs and rule out cats. And regardless of which pet you end up choosing, please, please adopt. You have no idea the impact you can make on an animal’s life through adoption, or the kind of impact they can make on yours.